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What are some tools available for identifying "existing standard practices"?

Standard Practice includes knowledge that is internal to the business, as well as knowledge that is readily available to qualified researchers within the business context. This can include information that is available through literature review, patent searches, and general internet searches.

MEUK Newsletter 2006-2 provides a list of patent search portals:

This newsletter also provides further information on using patent searches to benchmark standard practices.

Whether doing patent searches or other literature reviews, the information available can be overwhelming. MEUK Newsletter 2001-2 reviews a powerful text analysis tool that generates topographical maps based on the key terms contained in a large collection of documents. The company in the newsletter review has since been bought by Micropatent, which offers an updated version of the software.